Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Week #6

This has been an extremely long week for sure but it had its benefits. I've been able to make some very good friends with the Nederland missionaries in our zone. So that has been really nice. But this week we have had amazing devotionals, Travel Plans, shenanigans and all that. 
1. Dear Jane:
A sister in our district Sister Jorgenson unfortunately received an email with terrible news from her boyfriend saying he was done. It was so sad, BUT what comes after that is even better. So the next day she received a package with a lot of things to make her feel better but what also was inside was even better. There was a pinata with his face on it (insert laughing crying emoji) Us five in our district destroyed that thing because It's funny,our district has become like  a family and we were all just so mad so we brutally destroyed that pinata. Also because there was candy inside but that is besides the point. (there will be pictures on my blog that my mom makes which I dont know if any of you have even seen that)
The language has been coming very well. On Thursday we do a skype lesson with people and our guy, MartinX is from Belgium. They speak a dialect of Dutch called Flemish which is so hard to understand but I finally understood him this last time we taught him! And the best part is he told me I spoke good dutch! Now I don't know if he was just saying that or not but either way I am going to take it! We have been speaking out language as much as we possibly can before we head out to the actual field on Monday!!! We are all so excited. Our favorite teacher brother norton left us so we had to say good bye unfortunately but he showed us pictures from his mission and it made me so excited. He says the people there are amazing and so nice and I just cant wait. 
We received our travel plans and it was an amazing day!! We are just all so excited to get out in the field and start teaching and serving the people. We leave the MTC at 3:30 in the morning and then our first flight is at like 7:55 to Houston and then we have a straight shot to Trinidad! then we stay the night in the mission home and then we head off to Suriname!!!!! I am so excited but packing might be a little bit of a challenge due to my stuff stroon all over my residence since I have been here for so long so Ive made a home of it. But we are so excited to leave. Our Norwegians in our Zone have had so much trouble with their flights since monday they have been back and forth to the MTC twice now so I hope that doesn't happen to us. 
4.Spiritual Thought:
We had amazing thoughts this week. We had an amazing lesson on the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. and the two things that stuck out to me were how we need to love our weaknesses, which I am terrible at. In 2 Corinthians Paul talks about his weaknesses in how we need to glory in them, because guess what they do? They do two things. 1: Is to humble us. In order for us to be accepted into the kingdom of God we must be as little children, submissive to our Father in Heaven just like a little child is submissive to his own father. and 2. It reminds us that we cannot do this on our own. We are given weakness to remember our Savior, so that we can be humble like said before but also remember our Savior and his atonement and how through him those weakness are made strong. I didn't quite understand that statement of scripture growing up, but I now understand it. I will glory in every short coming, trial, mess up, hardship and so on. Through Christs atonement, he does not take away your weaknesses which I thought was extremely profound until I thought of it this way. He says "Here keep this weakness and I will make it a strength for you." How amazing is that, when you think of it that way and have faith unto repentance and Christs atonement we cannot fail. We cannot do this alone, we NEED our savior Jesus Christ every single day. I am so grateful for my weaknesses which is something I never thought I would be able to say but through Christ, they are strengths. The quote from that entire lesson was whenever something goes wrong just think to yourself. "For Christs sake? Heck Yeah" I know that can help a lot of you who may feel alone of like you do not add up but that it not the case. Because of our Savior there is not outside source that can completely vanquish you. As long as you are trying and keep trying, YOU ARE PROGRESSING. The only thing that can vanquish you is, through your own agency, is yourself and that is if you quite trying. So my invitation to you all this week is to continue walking and trying with "Faith in every footstep" and love every weakness you are given, I know that by doing this it will bless your life in ways that you can't even understand yet. 
5: Hosting
We had the opportunity to host the Senior missionaries this last Monday and it was such a sweet experience. It was POURING rain and we had the job of escorting the couples from their cars to the front desk and back to their cars which made us get extremely wet because our job was to make sure they did not get wet at all, but it was so fun to talk to them and to hear that it was their first second third missions and where they were all going. It was awesome!

I hope you all had a really good week. I pray for all of you every single day and wish nothing but the best for you all. I leave the MTC on the 10th so if any of you would like to send me one last thing you should send me a 'Dear Elder'. And, if you would like to look at the blog my Mother has so greatly created she will send the link out so you can see my whole MTC experience. I hope you all have an amazing week!
-Elder Lewis

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